Review Give It Up!
A fun musical arcade
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 30 Apr 2017, tested on HTC One S
Quality soundtrack, decent animation, unusual game design, quality graphics, lots of levels, unusual game play, simple controls
In-app purchases, features ads
Give It Up! for Android is an extremely annoying rhythm based game with a bouncing blob of ink. The graphic design is stylish, and the music is sure to grind your nerves and drive you to insanity. Earphones are an absolute must with this one; if you want to avoid being murdered in cold blood by anyone within earshot of your gameplay.
So this cloud shaped ink blob bounces along on these columns, making the tops shine green as he goes. He's moving to the beat of the music, but it's a funny sort of speed; at least I found it challenging to get the timing exactly right. There's this techno music, and the blob is singing along going "doo doo doo, nee nee nee". Just when you're thinking it can't get any worse, he switches his voice an octave or two higher. "De-nee-nee-nee". I've sat through Crazy Frog and Friday by Rebecca Black. I've endured children scraping plastic objects across glass tabletops, making loud high-pitched scraping noises. I've sat through "comedy" TV shows so awful, they make you groan and feel physically sick. But the high-pitched singing in Give It Up! tops it all. Eventually, I worried that my ears might start bleeding.
And the thing is - you still don't want to give up! In the background you get a percentage going up; so you can tell that the game really isn't that long, and it should be easy enough to get to the end; trivial really. And of course, you want to see what happens at the end of it; even though it's probably just more annoying singing. You'd do well to give up on this one right now, with your sanity intact. Don't say I didn't warn you!
A fun rhythm platformer with a crazy jump mechanic
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 27 May 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Features levels and actual progression, incorporates rhythm into the core gameplay
The jumping mechanic is frustrating to learn, the timing on the jumps don't always feel in sync with the beat of the song
If you came into this game expecting play a lighthearted platformer features a cute, silhouetted blob then bewared because this isn’t it. Okay, well, yes technically it has that in it, but it’s far from a cute game. Give It Up! for Android is an incredibly difficult rhythm based platformer that will chew you up and spit you out.
Perhaps the most frustrating thing about this game is how it treats its jumping mechanic. If you’ve played more than a handful of games then you’ve been conditioned that you hit the jump button and then jump. In this game it’s the opposite. Your character is always jumping, so to perform a jump large enough to actually clear a deadly spike you have to make sure you press the jump button before you are actually grounded from the previous jump. If that sounds confusing, it’s because it is. Twenty-three years of gaming thrown out the window because this game wants to turn the jump mechanic on its head.
This single mechanic makes the game a million times harder than it has any right to be.
The game is set up in a linear fashion as your character hops from tile to tile. Sometimes there will be elevated tiles that you’ll need to time your jump to clear. But the entire game revolves around the beat of the music playing. Your character hops to the tempo, so you’ve really gotta use this to your advantage when you’re playing through each level.
Give It Up! frustrated me to no end because the jumping mechanic was just so difficult for me to comprehend, and ultimately it brought the game down for me. I don’t think the mechanic is necessarily bad, but it is frustrating to use in practice. The game itself is a lot more fun once you get the timing down, and I really enjoy that there are actual levels to progress through because it makes you feel like you’re actually playing through something.
A fast paced jumping challenge
Author: Vlad Popa
Date: 12 Jun 2017, tested on ASUS Nexus 7
Unintrusive ads, simple gameplay
Frustratingly difficult, the soundtrack becomes stale quickly
Give It Up for Android is a simplistic jumping game that has players helping an adorable little black blob as he bounces from platform to platform.
An unexpectedly difficult game due to the short time it presents for the player to react to the incoming obstacles. Our little blob constantly bounces forward with a longer or higher leap whenever the player taps on the screen. Higher platforms can only be reached by a well-timed tap. The same tap is used to leap over the deadly red platforms. Although short, the high difficulty level ensures that the game will bring hours upon hours of alternating between frustration and relief. Each run is highly unforgiving; every missed tap will be costly and will cause the run to be reset from the start. An obvious choice made to give off the feeling of a longer game, this is nothing but a source of frustration as having to start over after completing 99% of the course destroys any semblance of fun.
The game brings some simplistic although fitting graphics along with a catchy theme song that stays in tune with the game’s progression. The only downside is the single song that quickly becomes repetitive.
Overall Give It Up is a tough game, though potentially fun. As the levels progress players will begin to notice the underlying stale feeling of the game. The fast pace of the game becomes troubling in the higher levels due to the combination of rapidly incoming obstacles and short response time. Luckily the banner ads present at the top of the screen can easily be overlooked.